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Overcoming their obstacles

By Phyllis Moore
Published in News on February 8, 2013 1:46 PM

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Alaina Brooke Howell, a kindergartner at Tommy's Road Elementary School, listens to her aunt and guardian, Jessica Howell, left, during a recognition ceremony Thursday afternoon by the Wayne County School Counselors Association. Alaina was born with a genetic disorder that causes brittle bones and scoliosis.

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Tammy Munoz, counselor at Greenwood Middle School, reacts after being named counselor of the year. Six students were also honored at the event for their determination and courage.

Alaina Brooke Howell scanned the audience gathered at the central office of Wayne County Public Schools Thursday afternoon, unaffected by the fact that all eyes were on her. The petite curly-haired 5-year-old was wheeled to the front of the room...

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